After tonight's (03/15) election results, these are the questions: (1) Won't Hillary Clinton have to choose Booker or Castro as a VP? Maybe Harold Washington, sure, but his national reputation is less well-known. (2) Why did Rubio drop out at this point? He's given up his seat for the future; he has more delegates than Kasich; he could have made a run in Arizona. So why? (To write his book…) (3)Oh my god, if the GOP goes to a contested convention, it's going to be Paul Ryan, isn't it??? (4) So what it takes to lead in the modern Republican Party presidential primary now is to say the following: “It will be great.” “Believe me.” “It'll be so good you won't believe it.” “I'll make great deals, tremendous deals.” And that's it; on repeat. Sometimes varying “such” for “so”. Superlatives 'R Us for President. Is that how it works? Can it possibly be the case that the American public is so hungry for someone who will say what he thinks that it doesn't in the least matter what he thinks?
“…the number one trait that associates or correlates with Trump support is authoritarianism, a belief in an authoritarian leadership style. We live in a democracy where we recognize other people and we make messy deals and we're always sort of disappointed. That's what politics is. And there are two ways to run a country like that . You can either run it with democracy and compromise or with authoritarianism. And for some reason there's something in the electorate right now that people feel they're losing out on things; that they want a strong leader who will show me the way and that's where they're going.” David Brooks (NBC, Meet the Press)
“To all of you voters out there who have thought for years that 'I hate Hillary. I could never vote for her;' to you I say Welcome. That I've got clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right and here you are, stuck in the middle with me.” (Faux Hillary, NBC Saturday Night Live, Meet the Press)
“This race in a lot of ways feels like the come-uppance that comes from years and years and years of politicians just basically saying a lot of words that are meaningless.” John Dickerson (Panoply; Slate's Political Gabfest)
“…At his height [George Soros], he put twenty million dollars into American politics in 2004. This year, the Koch brothers and their group of friends are putting 889 million dollars in American politics.” Jane Mayer (The New Yorker; HBO Real Time with Bill Maher)
“You know, if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them. Seriously, just knock the hell out of 'em. I promise you I will pay for their legal fees.” Donald Trump, who also says he “doesn't condone violence.” (NBC Meet the Press)
It's Bracket Time.
This photo is still wandering around the interwebs. Posted by Patriots. From (for?) Texas:
The Indiana Flower and Patio Show is running at the Indiana State Fairgrounds through March 20th. They have 7 (maybe more; we lost count) Direct TV booths. But also some good ideas for landscaping. They also had humor and creepiness: